Maple Almond Bars Recipe

If you are looking for something other than cookies, try these maple almond bars.



December 2007

Yield: 2 to 3 dozen bars

You can bake them in one pan altogether and avoid continuously changing cookie sheets. 

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened, divided
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar,divided
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 3 cups unbleached or all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups chopped almonds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 10-by-15-inch jellyroll pan; set aside.
  2. Cream 1 cup butter and 1/2 cup sugar together until light; beat in egg.
  3. Add flour, about 1/2 cup at a time, working in with a wooden spoon. Divide dough into 4 pieces; place 1 piece in each quadrant of prepared pan.
  4. Push dough into pan with floured hands, forming a seamless crust, working it up the sides to the top of the rim.
  5. Cover with plastic; chill for 15 minutes. Then poke dough 3 or 4 times with a fork; bake for 15 minutes.
  6. Cool on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes.
  7. Mix a tiny bit of flour and water together to make a thick paste; rut a little paste into fork holes to close them up.
  8. Melt remaining butter in a saucepan; add syrup, remaining brown sugar and honey; bring to a boil.
  9. Add cream; bring to boiling again and boil for 2 minutes. Quickly remove from heat; stir in almonds and vanilla.
  10. Pour over crust in pan and bake for 20 minutes. Cool thoroughly on a wire rack; cut into bars.

This recipe was originally featured in the December 2007 issue of Heart of the Home. 

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